The work of the Niagara Falls National Heritage Area is to enhance public appreciation for the communities, significant historic and natural resources, and landscapes of the Niagara region. The National Heritage area works through a network of heritage area partners who seek to make interpretive, environmental, economic and social improvements that benefits residents and visitors alike. Where initiative is lacking, the National Heritage Area will fill the gap. In pursuing this mission, the Niagara Falls National Heritage Area encourages historic preservation, recreational access and environmental recovery. We value authenticity, cultural diversity, high-quality design, energy efficiency, regional and cross border leadership, open communication and transparent operations.
A now famous book was written about Lewiston's role in the Underground Railroad, called Freedom Crossing, by Margaret Goff Clark, and is read by thousands of grade school students across the United States every year. The Freedom Crossing Monument commemorates the Underground Railroad movement in Lewiston and was dedicated on October 14, 2009.